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CONTINUED: This 86-year-old building at the University of Denver is allegedly haunted by its namesake, Mary Reed, a wealthy widow who died in 1945 at the early age of 30. She is said to wander the hallways of the building that bears her name. On this day in early January, as I scribbled and studied, there was an unmistakeable icy coldness to the room. No windows were ajar, yet sudden rushes of wind wisped, grazing my skin. Hearken, her portrait is just behind me ... I ventured to the basement where it’s rumored ghostly activity is manifested in the form of flickering lights, slammed doors, and dark apparitions. Nothing there. Just here, in this space. There is an unmistakable unease to the place. Whether or not you believe in the preternatural, you cannot deny a weird, discomforting energy in a given environ, and I will not pretend to know what lies beyond. This day, though, reinforced my humility for that I cannot see and for all of the unsettled wishing to be recognized and felt even if just for a moment.
Goggles and ponchos, lids and floor mats — anything water protectors could protect themselves with from the full, vicious might of Morton County Sheriffs in North Dakota, including hired hounds of corporate shills eager to pierce and inevitably poison mother with the Dakota Access Pipeline, which inevitably leaked, doing *exactly* what conscientious objectors said it would do. Then, suddenly, an unnamed protector throws a peace symbol. #tbt
Lynn Eagle Feather, the mother of Paul Castaway, a Lakota man who was fatally shot by a Denver cop in 2015, prepares to speak about police brutality prior to a candlelight vigil for Kyler Grabbingbear, a 19-year-old Lakota youth who was shot and killed by an Adams County sheriff’s deputy in Colorado on Dec. 7.
“Look, if you can get them to change the name I’ll take my hat off to you,” Neno Mejid, 71, a hardcore fan of the Washington NFL team said to me outside FedEx Field on Nov. 23.
“Would you take off all these racist logos and slurs instead?” I asked.
“That I would,” he responded.
(Photo by Vincent Schilling)
#Repost from @jopwell: In the words of journalist @simonsaidtakeapic, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation: “We are doctors and lawyers and writers and actors and chefs. Divorce yourself from everything you think you know about Natives and start over again. Let’s move forward together.” #NAHeritageMonth